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, president obama gave them today off, many government offices are closed. financial markets closing early as are most post offices. the hobbit topped box office again for the second straight weekend, it took in 37 million dollars more than double any other movie even though many did their last minute shopping instead that's . >>> just about 5:14 thank you spore spending your christmas eve with us. live look towards san francisco, beautiful lights, bay, rain is going to take a break for a while because we had a gully-washer over the weekend. more about weather and traffic coming up. >>> u.s. senator free on bond in morning after being arrested on drunk driving charges near washington, d.c.. police in virginia say they stopped idaho republican michael crapo after he ran a red light. he failed a field sobriety test and booked into jail released on $1,000 bond he will be back in court january 4th. >>> mitt romney's son said his dad never wanted the top job. tag g romney said his dad was reluctantly convinced to run. he said he wanted to be president less than anyone i've met in my life. he no
. >> this morning president obama is announcing plans to put vice president biden in charge of a special commission. >> to address the mass shooting were you talking about in the wake of last friday's attack that kill 26 at a connecticut school. mark greenblatt has the latest from sandy hook element trip. >> reporter: good morning. we are expecting another somber day here with more funerals expected to get underway shortly. in the center of town, the memorial behind me has been growing it now extents back around the corner and far out of -- now extends back around the corner and far out of side. four more funerals will be held today. three for children who died. >> it is hard to get your mind around it that someone so young would leave us in such a peaceful community over such a horrific event. >> reporter: teacher victoria soto will be laid to rest today. >> vicki died a hero she was protecting her children whichrñ she loved very much she didn't call them her students she called them her kids. >> reporter: tuesday the sudden grim need for multiple funerals went on display in a painful new way wh
and friends gathered for a service in newtown, president obama spoke to the crowd in hopes of starting the healing process for a hurting nation. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. today will be another difficult day for this grieving community. first victims will be laid to rest during funerals today and at last night's vigil, it was an emotional scene something this community and country will not soon forget. >> olivia, josephine. >> more than 900 mourners heard an emotional president obama admit the country has failed them. >> since i've been president this is the fourth time we've come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. >> he will use the power of the presidency to stop the tragedy like the massacre of 26 children and adults at sandy hook. >> these tragedies must end and to end them we must change. >> an emotional reaction from the shattered community to the president's visit. >> it did mean a lot. >> we have six kids. like you said, that is how we will be judged. >> new and chilling details about the gunman's past have emerged. rampage ende
will come out of retirement as former sandy hook principal in washington, president obama issued resounding call to action. >> the president: this is not some washington commission. >> reporter: the president announced powerful team of cabinet members now have the new task of creating immediate smoothings. vice president biden is wasting no time in getting to work he's expected to convene a teamú:ot top law enforcement officials in washington today to talk about implementing those reforms. mark greenblatt, abc7 news. >j=cát story is just sad, scam artists have started to prey on memories of the victims of the school tragedy. family of 6-year-old noah posner learned somebody was soliciting donations in the boy's memory. family members immediately reported it to police. >>> switching gears, gas prices lowest level of the year and better news analysts say is that they will continue to drop, national average below $3.27. prices have dropped for the past 27 days energy experts predict prices could fall further, 20 cents per gallon less in 2013. >> i%/o filled my tank yesterday because i didn't
. president obama will visit new town this evening to meet with the families and attend a vigil. they will fan out to gun stores and shooting ranges across connecticut looking for clues about the 20-year-old gunman who killed 26 children and adults in friday's rampage. he forced his way into the school breaking a window at the front entrance. he shot and killed a school principal and school psychologist who ran towards him too try to protect the children. surviving twins describe how their teachers save their lives. >>> went into my teacher's office, everyone was quiet. she saved a life. she called her husband and he called the police. when the policeman came to get us he told us to close our eyes like on the picture on the news do this. and run. >> just go out. >> the medical examiner told reporters all of the young victims had been shot numerous times. as this tragedy unfolds stay with abc 7 news for continuing coverage. we are going to hear about some of the heros who helped save lives. laura anthony from connecticut lart today on abc 7 news. >> right now in the bay area it is a soggy start
journal"Ñe:c2 reports obama administration is thinking of expanding refinancing programs. borrowers whose mortgages are not backed by the government andover more than the homes are worth may be eligible soon. tom economist believes housing will be one of the bright spots of the economy next year he says housing will improve over the next three to four years, better sales, more construction and higher prices. china now has the longest high speed rail line in the world more than 1400 miles. trains began traveling this morning. top speeds of 200 miles an hour. that's america's money, . -- >>> good morning. you are looking live from sutro cam it is raining out there, going to be in most places right now heading from san francisco into south san francisco and alameda. >>> san francisco's city officials could pay municipal workers to take better care of themselves to save on health the city is trying to come up with a plan in response to a study that phone 66% of workers were overweight or 0 -- that found 66% of workers were overweight or obese, so were their children. >>> severe storms swept p
for sanctions against russian s who violate human rights. >>> president obama will immediate -- meet with leaders from capitol hill hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff. spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal. >> reporter:cx$z president obama will4zkn:eÑ with congressional leaders later today at the white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be honest mr. president, i don't know timewise how it can happen now.((?u >> reporter: harry reid lashed out at house speaker bane area out at house speaker bane area caution him ofrm" dictatorship. >> boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: republicans blame democrats. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his speaker boehner call the house bac
, president obama heads to detroit. in washington republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. a slight ray of hope, as mr. obama and speaker boehner met face-to-face. in washington can't strike a deal by the end of the year all -- automatic spending cuts go into effect. >>> the white house has ordered military to plan on slashing 500 billion from its budget over the next 10 years. federal funding for schools will be cut 8.2% some ideas include eliminating tax deduction for charitable contributions. no longer allowing homeowners who write-off mortgage payments. >>> time for a check on the weather. >>> 68 in santa rosa, going to be well above average by four to eight degrees. good morning. fairfield six mile visibility, santa rosa 1 and 3/4 everybody else unlimited. land breeze keeping clouds out over the coast. coolest inland where we have the 40s, except napa 51 around the bay and coast in the 50s. 7:00 temperatures mid 50s inland i should say mid 40s inland mid 50s bay and coast sunny near 60 lunchtime, great time to be outside warm air mass will jump up to 60° by 4:00 low to mid 50s
of the bed we'll have more on the child's condition coming up. >>> president obama is planning a conference call today with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders to push for his plans to avert that fiscal cliff. he spoke with boehner by phone again yesterday about preventing an income tax increase on middle class families while finding ways to reduce the deficit. economists say if the deadline passes without a deal the tax cuts could be repealed. new poll shows the president holding a substantial advantage over boehner handling the budget negotiations. 49% approve of mr. obama's handling of the talks, 25% support boehner. >>> 49ers fans who attend games at the new facility can expect a state-of-the-art stadium the team has announced a deal with sonny to pack the site with game-changing technology. fans will watch replays on l.e.d. monitors, 2500 throughout the facility offering resolution four times higher than standard hd, no need for a monitor in the back of every seat. you can use your cell phone to order food and have it delivered to your seat. >>> developer of two san fran
obama's national security team. we know not ambassador susan rice, all signs point to john kerry. he has no comment on that. many republicans say he will breeze through the nomination process but it is likely he will face tough questions about his past support for syrian president. if kerry gets the job, his senate seat becomes available. scott brown may run in the special election. ambassador rice has been embroid l briomd in controversy over the terrorist attacks in benghazi. she told nbc that is why she is stepping aside. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized and very distracting. >> other openings, secretary of defense. kerry's name was floated for the job but chuck hagel who became the critic of the iraq war has the edge. john brennan and mike morale are considered the top contenders. president obama has accepted her decision and meeting with her in private. >> eric: new this morning, a federal court will hear barry bonds will hear his obstruction of justice conviction. they have set oral arguments for february 13th. last year a jur
an emotional president obama had to fight back tears. >> this evening michelle and i will do what i know every parents in america will do which is hug our children a little tighter and we will tell them that we love them and we will remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in in connecticut who cannot do that tonight. they need all of us right now. >> one of the six adults killed was 47-year-old dawn hochsprung the school's principal. she was known for her playful passion just a month ago she dressed up as the sandy hook book fair rewearing -- fairy wearing a crown and a dress that lighted up inspiring first graders to read. the gunman adam lanza and his brother ryan and father. he began shooting his mother at his family home and left armed with two hand guns and a rifle. he fired with chilling accuracy leaving only one wounded survivor at the school. authorities believe he then shot himself to death. abc news learned both of his parents legally own a number of guns including a bushmaster rifle but it's not clear if any of their weapons were used in the crime. a
programs see major cuts. president obama met with republican and democratic leaders yesterday in a high stakes meeting at the white house. senate leaders will debate a new plan over the weekend, hoping to have a deal to vote on by monday. then it will go to the house. the president said a deal is critical for the nation. >> economists, business leaders all think we are poised to grow in 2013 as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> in the event congress does not make a deal, here's how the physical cliff could affect you. first, income taxes will go up substantially. a middle class family will pay about $2,000 more per year. gas prices will likely fall because individuals will have to spend lesson fuel. you could see longer lines at the airport because budget cuts would force the tsa to cut its staff and retail prices may fall because declining consumer confidence would push retailers to offer discounts to get shoppers into their stores. >> the ballpark is all decked-out for the game this afternoon against the u.s. n
peak today, every dot represents an airplane. >>> president obama and his family have stepped off air force one for a holiday in hawaii. first family just arrived a few hours ago. they recorded their holiday address from the white house. the theme -- joy to all including the joy of giving, the joy of service and joy of homecoming. >> here that is true for military families. you see the war in iraq is over. transition in afghanistan is under way and our heroes are coming home. all across america, their families are reunited. this week let's give thanks to our veterans and their families. let's say a prayer for all our troops especially those in afghanistan. >> our military families sacrifice so much on our half and we believe we should serve them as well as they serve our country. >> republican holiday winner given by john boehner said both parties can come together for an deficit cutting agreement. >>> st. anthony's foundation in san francisco is holding a drive. curbside drive will start at 9:00 at st. anthony's which is locked at golden gate avenue and jones street. then at 10:00 me
over the cliff, it is clear they've made a political calculation. >> reporter: president obama and his team are demanding that congress allow bush era tax cuts to expire. >> there is no responsible way we can govern this country with those low rates in place for future generations those rates have to go up. >> reporter: republicans have drawn a line in the sand on raising tax rates signaling they are open to raising revenue by reforming the tax code and limiting reductions for the wealthy. >> right now i would say we are nowhere. >> reporter: president obama asking for 1.6 trillion in new tax revenue over 10 years, boehner is offering half that. the president offering 600 billion dollars in cuts to medicare and other programs. the speaker says that is not enough. he hasn't outlined what he thinks should be cut. if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff, january 1st, nearly every american will pay more income tax between $2,000 to $2400 for the average family, 2% cut in payroll taxes will disappear, 500 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts in effect, half at the pentagon the other half
chemicals needed to make sarin. president obama has issued a stern warning to president assad that the use of chemical weapons would be totally unacceptable. u.s. officials are concerned with the fight moving closer to the capital city of damascus the assad regime may be getting desperate and could use chemical weapons to crush the rebellion. >>> pentagon appointing new military judge to hear the case of an army psychologist. military appeals court ordered the current judge removed because he did not appear impartial. gross ordered the defendant major hasan to be forcibly shaved during the trial. hasan is accused of murdering 13 when opened fire on fellow soldiers in 2009. >> the nation's airlines have taken in 36 billion dollars in revenue from airline fees this year they think they can make more. airlines officials are discussing ways to maximize passenger fees. tossing around the idea of new forms of travel insurance or giving travelers the chance to reorder meals. most airlines charge for food, cocktails, wifi and checked bags. >>> word this morning that new york city mayor bloomberg i
. today the obama administration will recommend seniors be careful before signing one. new starbucks likely coming to a neighborhood near you, planning to open 1500 more cafes over the next five years, averaging two ♪ we were skipping stones and letting go ♪ ♪ over the river and down the road ♪ [ female announcer ] at nature valley, we know nature comes together in amazing ways. that's why we bring together natural ingredients, like dark chocolate with toasted oats, or sweet golden honey. perfect combinations of nature's delicious ingredients, from nature valley. ♪ ♪ i was thinking that i hope this never ends ♪ [ female announcer ] nature valley granola bars, nature at its most delicious. >>> good morning. 5:14. live look san francisco looking across the bay into oakland and east bay, something is happening in the east bay. yes! the raiders game! [ laughing ] >> that was too easy. >> hosting the broncos and peyton manning. >> should be a good one. we'll check in with mike. >>> developing news in the search for a nevada couple reported missing after driving into the sier
side. >>> voters have officially made barack obama president of the united states. electoral college vote there's is. state capitals across the country casted the final votes of the campaign yesterday as required by the constitution. president obama 332 votes more than the 270 needed to win there was controversy when a few in arizona tried to raise debunked claims about the president having a fake birth certificate. >>> a group opposed to capital punishment says four states carried out more than 75% of executions in the u.s. this year. the death penalty information center said texas led the nation with 15 executions followed by arizona, mississippi and oklahoma. the group says another 23 states have not put an inmate to death in 10 years, including california. the report says many states are imposing fewer death sentences. >>> new satellite circling the earth now design today to relay tv shows and radio communications to earth for the next 15 years after that it gets real mission that could last a million times longer. what does this rocket launch from kazakhstan and this book have i
marzullo, -- lending more freely. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> president obama speaks to business leaders this morning over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. currently no plans for congressional leaders to meet with the president at the white house. if no deal is reaped by year's end everyone's taxes will go up and massive cuts will take place, affecting defense and social spending. >>> when we came in this morning, just mist and drizzle. >> i hardly had to use my wipers. that is changing for a lot of folks. >> it is. right now as you look at our roof cam, nice batch of light to moderate rain falling now over the embarcadero. not so heavy we can see the ferry building and the bay bridge enough that it is causing ponding on the embarcadero this morning that's what most of us are going to run into especially east bay highway 4 connects to 680 south of vine hill coming into concord pleasanton down to walnut creek latest update light to moderate rain especially overconcord and pleasant hill highway 4 bay point, pittsburg, antioch highway 4 commute which is usually treacherous any way is going to
light friday morning commute. >>> the white house says president obama has called egyptian president morsi to express deep concern about the deaths and injuries of protesters in egypt this week. new video in overnight you can see large crowds of protesters in cairo expressing ager after a nationally tell advised speech by morsi they say he offered nothing concrete to defuse the country's worst political crisis in two years. opposition says would it not enter into dialogue with morsi unless he rescinds decrees giving him unrestricted powers. >>> in a few hours, pearl harbor survivors will place an a wreath to mark the 71st anniversary of the japanese attack on pearl harbor followed by a 21 gun salute more than 2400 americans died when the japanese bombed pearl harbor in a surprise attack before 10:00 our time december 7th, 1941. the attack helped usher the u.s. into world war ii. this afternoon sons and daughters of survivors will attend the 48th annual beacon in honor of pearl harbor day. >>> coming up, tax refund checks california is itching to give away. what you need to know to fi
, president obama is taking a sharply partisan tone in his weekly address blaming house republicans for blocking a bill to resolve the fiscal cliff crisis. as we move closer to a year end deadline where huge tax increases kick in and tax cuts kick in, they have not compromised to help reduce the deficit. latest senate version would prevent a tax height on the first $250,000 of earning. >> the americans will get a cut on the first $250,000 of their income and families everywhere would enjoy peace of find. the senate has done their part. we are waiting for republicans in the house to do the same thing but so far they have put forward an unbalanced plan that actually lowers rates for the wealthiest americans. >> republican florida senator marco rubio said tax increases will not reduce the nation's $16 trillion debt. >>> officials for the proposed sonoma rail transit project or smart train are looking to get $16.6 million in federal fund to go buy more train cars. today the press democrat reports money otherwise would be used for local pedestrian and bicycle paths. it is committed to go
realized for starting that fight. >>> happening now president obama heading back to washington from hawaii to try to reach a deal about the so-called fiscal cliff he boarded air force one overnight and will be aliveing at andrews in maryland 8:45 our time this morning he cut short his vacation, democrats and republicans have four days to reach a deal before mandatory budget cuts and tax increases kick in january 1st. >>> at least 200 teachers will get concealed weapons training in utah today, overflow crowds are expected when gun rights advocates waive usual fee for teachers. the training tolls the shooting tragedy in newtown, connecticut. gun groups believe teachers can act more quickly than law enforcement in those critical first minutes to protect children. >>> gun buy-back event in los angeles is being called a huge success, you can see why. people in their cars lined up for miles yesterday to turn in their firearms. event is held once a year and takes place in the spring, the mayor moved it up to take advantage of the outrage over the connecticut school massacre, the city gave away up
house. >> president obama is expected to attend the late senator danielle enowa's funeral in hawaii today. a public presentation was yesterday in hon allow lou. the casket carrying the 88-year-old veteran arrived there yesterday. he lost an arm in world war two and was the first japanese american elected to the senate. he died on monday and his body lay in state in washington for two days. >> did you see this? i did. one wheel of fortune spinner seemed to get it all, all the right letters and answers to the clues. but there was something about the way she said it that the show's producers did not like. abc has the story. >> she was on a roll. >> yeah! >>. >> twelve days of christmas. one thing swimin. they are swimming with the g. one lift letter cost her nearly $4,000. and was she robbed? this couple on the money talk guest post it before the work man. wrong! they lost $800,000. and screams. fox admitted the error and offered them another shot. >> season one of abc's who wants to be a millionaire. this guy guessed wrong what is the second biggest lake. and they sid he guessed wrong
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